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I&O Leaders Can Benefit From Storage Industry Innovation

Published: 11 March 2016

ID: G00299909

Analyst(s): Dave Russell, Arun Chandrasekaran


As disruptive forces such as software-defined storage and public cloud gain momentum, I&O leaders need to recalibrate their storage strategies to benefit from innovation, lower their total cost of ownership and reduce vendor lock-in.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Decreasing risks and growing innovation are catapulting hybrid cloud storage services into the mainstream, appealing to business and IT managers, and enabling agility and scalability
  • Cost and complexity issues will drive storage managers to deploy new products from new vendors that offer workload-optimized storage solutions
  • Innovations in software will cause data center managers to deploy software-defined storage offerings on commodity hardware to improve agility and QoS, while optimizing costs
  • Rapid pace of innovation and growing ecosystem support are positioning open-source platforms at the top of infrastructure managers' and business managers' shortlists for private cloud, big data, backup and recovery, and archiving use cases

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